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Fourth Estate - Programme 21 Television (Full Length) – 1987 News/Current Affairs

Fourth Estate - Programme 21

Television (Full Length) – 1987 News/Current Affairs

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In the episode of TVNZ's media commentary show, Brian Priestley examines coverage of the 1987 general election. He finds much to like in the "terrific" efforts of radio, television and newspapers. TVNZ's "sloping thing" graphic comes in for particular praise, but Priestley is less enthusiastic about the televising of Jim Bolger’s painfully uncomfortable concession phone call to victor David Lange. The newly re-elected Prime Minister doesn't escape Priestley's vigilance, as Lange is chided for his post-election cancellation of press conferences.

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Elizabeth Whiteford

Producer

Vera Priestley

Research

Brian Priestley

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Isn’t conceding defeat something a man might be left to do in private? There’s a fine line between reporting politics and making a show of the whole thing. I think they stepped over that line here ...
– Brian Priestley